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J.V. "Siki" Sikes, an early football standout at Texas A&M, was called "the greatest end in America" by legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. Sikes won All-America honors and was one of four Southwest Conference football players who brought collegiate football in Texas into national prominence for the first time. This happened during the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco on Dec. 26, 1927, when Sikes' West team scored a 16-6 upset. In addition to his football accomplishments, Sikes received All-Southwest honors in baseball and captained the Aggies' basketball squad. He also received nine varsity letters divided equally among football, baseball, and basketball. Sikes later had an outstanding coaching career that spanned more than 30 years at Texas A&M, Georgia, Kansas, and East Texas State. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

J.V. "Siki" Sikes